Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Cyberwar reaches the blogosphere

There has been an ongoing Israeli/Palestinian cyberwar going on for quite a few years now. Originally started by a group of Israeli hackers bent on taking out Hamas and Hezbollah sites their opponents quickly retaliated in like measure. At this point the Israeli hackers have long ago run out of targets and are now high priced consultants selling their security services to the Israeli companies whose sites are attacked by the Palestinian hackers who are unlikely to run out of targets any time soon.

Instead of taking the sites offline with a DoS attack or putting up graphiti the Palestinian hackers used the attacks to distribute propaganda. This technique seems to have now reached the blogosphere as I try to link to Cool Web Tool and instead reach a page of what seems to be pan-Islamic propaganda.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here. It may signal that US targets are now being targeted or it might be just a means of getting the propaganda out there. Time to improve blog security.

Update: The site has been fixed. Looks like its machine generated pages to pull in search engines.

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